March 20, 2020
I’ve been meaning to put wheels on this silly thing ever since I started building it back in 2011 (has it really been that long?). I never could figure out a way to steer the wheels that was both efficient, effective, and lightweight enough to be removable. After a few different tries I ended up just sticking casters under there and steering with the fan and rudder. This actually works surprisingly well until it’s time to stop…
And here’s the prior video of the wheel system build process:
Aaaand the video of my last ice-based test run when I managed to crash the airboat!
March 2, 2020
I’ve finally been getting the airboat out on the water (well, frozen water) after years of it just sitting around in my garage! Here’s a recent test run video, I should have more videos up soon! Check out my Youtube Channel for more of this nonsense.
December 4, 2019
I’ve done a quick video on the miniature airboat project (which I’m still working on, despite the slow progress!)
This is more of an intro and description of the boat, I don’t have much video of it in action at the moment. If I can get some things finished up this winter I’ll hopefully have more updates soon!
September 27, 2011
Here are some pictures from my latest project, a mini-airboat made from a small Jonboat and a paraglider motor. The eventual goal is to have an all-terrain vehicle with wheels that can run on water, land, and ice. This is the first time I’ve worked with a radial engine or done anything with an air-propulsion boat.
The engine is an MZ-34 Paramotor that is rated at around 30hp.
The first step was to get the parts together. The boat hull was small enough that I didn’t even need a trailer! I was able to find it on Craigslist for $100, and it included a bunch of free mice living in the seats!
Here’s the initial setup to verify how things should look.
I constructed a safety cage around the motor and propeller, which also serves as the framework for the rudder.
I also installed a complete electrical system with battery, running lights, headlights, bilge pump, and even a horn!
The entire engine and rudder assembly folds down for easier transport and storage.The wheels are designed to fold up and/or be removable.
Here are the initial on-water tests. The boat still needs a few tweaks and some final adjustments, and I’m still working on a few components for the wheels.